Pontoon Development

Welcome to the new pontoon at Ulva Ferry!

For all the latest news, please visit our new website is www.ulvaferrypontoon.co.uk


In 2013 Mull and Iona Community Trust secured funding from The Coastal Community Fund for a pontoon facility at Ulva Ferry. This is a community-run facility, employing local people.

In 2011 Ulva School Community Association (USCA) was formed as part of a successful campaign to save Ulva Primary School from closure.  USCA requested support from Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) to help prepare a community development plan and identify projects to strengthen the local community. MICT and USCA obtained funding from Highlands & Islands Enterprise to employ a local development officer, who then carried out the community consultation. One of the priority projects identified in the plan was a waterside development to provide tourism and local employment.

In 2013 MICT secured funding from the Coastal Communities Fund for a pontoon facility at Ulva Ferry. This community-run facility, employing local people, was opened in August 2016. MICT employs the local development officer, pontoon manager and assistants, and will take on the long-term responsibilities of the projects.

In support of USCA, MICT has also introduced a successful community transport scheme and is in the process of constructing two eco-friendly affordable homes for rental.

Ulva Ferry Pontoon Charges 2016

Pontoon fees should be paid in cash to the Pontoon Manager or left in the honesty box on the pontoon with the name of the boat clearly marked in the small envelope provided.

Short stay charges

Short stay yachts, dayboats and RIBS (over 4.5m):- up to 1 hour:- £2; up to 4 hours and vacated before 16.30 hrs in high season/overnight charges will apply:- £5.00

Short stay dayboats/dinghies/RIB’s (under 4.5m):- up to 1 hour £1.50, up to 4 hours:- £3.00.

Overnight charges

Yachts:- overnight charge:-£2.50 (incl VAT), per metre, per night.

Overnight non-commercial dayboats/dinghies/RIBs > 4.5-6m:- £1.50 metre; weekly £45;  < 4.5m:- £1 metre; weekly £25.

Dinghies/dayboats/RIBs under 4.5m:- £150 (+VAT) per year (numbers limited)

Commercial Vessels:-

Frequent commercial users of pontoon (up to 12 pax):- £250 (inc VAT) per year

( > 12 pax) :-  £750 + VAT

Overwintering:- <7m £100; 7-14m- £180  (1st Oct-31st March) – please contact us for details. This facility is only available for boats which can be removed by the owners at short notice in the event of severe weather.  The outer section and landing stage is removed during the winter months.

For further information contact Pontoon Manager Mark Millward Tel: 07557378953 or Ulva Ferry Development Officer Cally Fleming Tel: 07795177571


It is anticipated that electricity, water, fuel and WI-FI will be included in the berthing charges from around mid August. Daily and overnight charges for yachts will be discounted at 50% until services are available. Day boats, dinghies and RIBS will be discounted at 20% until services are available.

Landing Stage

The landing stage is used by tour boats from approx. 9.30am until approx. 6pm during the season. Please ensure that this is not used for berthing during these hours.


It is planned that red diesel will be available from the fuel berth of the pontoon from around mid August 2016 (please contact the pontoon manager beforehand; fuel operation details to follow).

We can supply to commercial customers at the rebated duty rate and also for private and pleasure craft on a 60/40 split. Our diesel contains no biodiesel.


If the pontoon is full, there are anchorages in the vicinity – see charts and pilots for details. Please keep clear of, and do not obstruct the channel. Please be aware of the ferry crossing.

Booking, Terms and conditions

Booking for day boats via Pontoon Manager, Mark Millward:- telephone 07557378953 or markmillward@mict.co.uk ; Booking for yachts is not available at this stage but availability can be discussed with the pontoon manager by mobile phone or VHF radio, channel 12; call sign Ulva Ferry Pontoon).  If the weather conditions become extreme, boats to be taken off the pontoons.

The pontoon manager or assistant are usually available between 8.30-11am and 4-7pm. They are based at the temporary pontoon office in the caravan in the carpark nearest the pontoon. If not present and you need assistance, tel Mark 07557378953 (markmillward@mict.co.uk) or Cally 07795 177571 (cfleming@mict.co.uk)

Local Rules – Please keep speed and wash to a minimum through the Sound of Ulva

Restaurants, Café’s and Eateries

The nearby Boathouse Restaurant on the island of Ulva is open from 9am-5pm (August Sunday – Friday) serving delicious meals and snacks and has a range of crafts. Tel: 01688 500 241 www.theboathouse.co.uk

Ballygown Restaurant 2 miles North of Ulva Ferry is open in the evening from 5.30pm for lovely home cooked meals and has WI-FI. and complementary pick up service, take-aways and home-made bread by arrangement, tel:- 01688 500 113 or 077480046289 ballygown.co.uk)

Loch na Keal Meals – 3 miles south, (accessed via community bus/Mull Electric Bikes) there is a burger van with a difference selling locally sourced produce – venison burgers and sometimes selling fresh prawns, lobster and Tobermory salmon. Tel:- 07876 773 083.

Showers /Laundry facilities

Until phase 2 is developed., showers are available from the following:

Ballygown Restaurant (before 5pm) Shower, toiletries and fluffy towels. Complimentary pick up service if book for dinner.

Salen has a laundrette (transport via Ulva Ferry Community Bus, see details below)

Things to do

Mull Fine Craft, a range of delightful hand-made in Ulva Ferry crafts tel:– 01688 500 225 www.mullfinecraft.co.uk

Lip na Cloiche gardens, crafts and B&B, tel;- 01688 500 257 www.lipnacloiche.co.uk

Isleofulva.com  – woodland, moor and shore walks and the Boathouse Restaurant (see above)


Isle of Ulva B&B tel: 01688 500 278

Kilbrennan Farm B&B tel: 01688 500 158 www.kilbrennan.co.uk

Torrbuan B&B tel: 01688 500 121 dinner, bed and breakfast and wildlife expeditions www.torrbuan.com


There are no shops at Ulva Ferry.

Dervaig Stores Tel: 01688 400 208 (delivers on Wednesdays)

Salen Spar Tel: 01680 300 472 (no deliveries)

From time to time locally made bread, eggs etc are available from the pontoon office, or Ballygown Restaurant will bake bread to order and provide takeaways (tel: 01688 500 113 or 07748046829).


“Ulva Ferry Community Minibus – There is a request scheduled service between Salen (connecting with bus to Tobermory and Craignure for ferry to Oban) and Calgary (connections to Dervaig and Tobermory) on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Booking by 4pm the day before travel. Tel: 07775531301 or email info@ufcb.org.uk.”

Mull Electric Bikes:- a great way to explore the Loch na Keal National Scenic Area Tel: 01688 400 499 or 07922675404 www.mullelectricbikes.co.uk   Mull Electric Bikes offer a drop off/pick up service.

Boat Trips

Turus Mara – Treshnish Isles and Staffa Tours tel: 0800 085 8786 www.turusmara.com

Mull Charters – scenic and wildlife cruises tel: 01680 300 444 www.mullcharters.com

Sketch by Thorne Wyness Architects